Good morning! I hope today finds you well. 15 minutes posting timer is on here.
Yesterday was one of those days I got to sit around mostly, because I had the holy satisfaction of a slightly achy body. New Years got started off right. Two hours of exercise. The only part I missed were my triceps, so typing on this laptop caused no pain at all.
Yesterday I also got to try out the darling restaurant above, open for breakfast and lunch in a tiny hamlet near me. I discovered it new year's eve day and was so excited I could park myself somewhere new for breakfast. Sometimes I feel embarrassed to show up at my regular spots - alone, with my New York Times or a good book - "Here's the lady with no friends!" It seems to broadcast, as tables fill up with chatting couples and families. "She should have a sense of shame and free up a table for two!". So I either try to avoid the busy diner hours, from 8 - 9 a.m. or sit at the counter. Well, I got to this place about 10 a.m.. Three tables for two, and the waitress led me to one. I ordered French toast $10, and a cup of coffee $3 and pulled out my book. The French toast was delicious, though it was served on a paper plate ?!? The sweet waitress returned and asked me if I'd like more coffee. Since my cup was now half full, I said "Sure. Could you top it off?"
OOps! Time's up. I'll be quick. The bill came, and she'd charged $1.75 for topping it off! So this woman became the lady every waitress remembers - the one who leaves a tiny tip of $1, for a bill of $16. But I went out of my way to explain why and paused at the counter on my way out. "1.75 to top off my coffee? The waitress didn't tell me I would be charged. Of course I would have said 'no'. Frankly, I feel fleeced, like you're nickel and dimeing your customers. Generally restaurants don't charge for a refill. Makes for happy customers. A little goodwill is generated. This charge takes away the goodwill. You will see I left a tiny tip and this is why."
I hoped they would remove the $1.75 charge, but they didn't budge.
Don't know if I'll return. But if I do, you can be sure I won't agree to have my coffee warmed up.
Have a lovely day, friends!
May your day be warm and bright